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Chris Chugunov should serve as a solid backup to Will Grier this season for the Mountaineers

Yesterday we took a look at the Mountaineers’ starting quarterback, so naturally we’re checking out his backup today.

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We’re back again today with another edition of our 2017 Mountaineer football profile series. We’re going to be taking a look at one or two players every day leading up to opening week as we work our way through our position breakdowns and Fall camp analysis. Today we’re looking at...

Chris Chugunov, QB, No. 11

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 203 pounds

Year: Redshirt Sophomore

Hometown: Skillman, New Jersey

High school: Montgomery High School

How he got to Morgantown

Chugunov’s journey to Morgantown is pretty tame. He committed to the Mountaineers a day after being offered a scholarship at one of West Virginia’s summer camps in 2014, and essentially shut his recruitment down at that point. Chugunov threw for 2800+ yards and 27 touchdowns in his senior year at Montgomery High School.

Career highlight

We haven’t really seen really anything from Chugunov up to this point. He’s only attempted five passes as a Mountaineer, completing two of them for a grand total of 15 yards. Chugunov did get a good amount of time with the second unit in this year’s Gold-Blue Spring Game, and thanks to a random YouTube user you can watch all of his snaps here.

2017 prospectus

Chugunov is expected to remain the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart this year, but will face competition from junior college transfer David Isreal. Chugunov should be able to hold Isreal off, largely due to already having an understanding of Dana Holgorsen’s offense. Don’t expect Chugunov to see a whole lot of playing time, except in blow out games, if Will Grier stays healthy throughout the season.

Dream season

In the perfect scenario, Chugunov does see more playing time this season thanks to Will Grier putting games away early. Delaware State and East Carolina should provide the perfect opportunity for Chugunov to get onto the field and get some reps under center. Once Big 12 conference play comes around there’s probably not going to be many opportunities, outside of maybe Kansas and Iowa State.

Up next

Tomorrow we’re going to start on the West Virginia running backs with a look at Doak Walker Award nominee Justin Crawford.